Sunday, October 1, 2023

Jamshedpur celebrates Teej Festival with traditional enthusiasm

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Jamshedpur: The city came alive with vibrant colours and cultural fervor as women across different societies celebrated the auspicious Teej festival with unwavering enthusiasm. Organized by various social organizations, a grand celebration took place in Sakchi, drawing residents from all walks of life to partake in the festivities.

Teej, a significant festival for married women, is celebrated with fervor and devotion. It holds the promise of togetherness and well-being for married couples and serves as a poignant occasion for unmarried women to seek blessings for an eligible groom.

Throughout the city, women observed ‘Haritalika Vrat’ by fasting throughout the day and offering prayers to Lord Shiva for the longevity and prosperity of their husbands. The day is also marked by donning traditional attire and adorning oneself with bangles, necklaces made of glass beads, and vermillion powder—symbols of good fortune.

Nishi Thakur, a recent bride, shared her sentiments, saying, “Occasions like these give us an opportunity to connect with the people around us and feel closer to our culture. Most of us are working, so it is not every day that we get to attend a community festival.”

Radhika Agarwal, a homemaker from Sonari, added, “The essence of Teej lies in bringing women together to celebrate beauty. Women dress up in vibrant green attire and apply intricate henna designs to their palms and feet a day before the festival.”

The celebration of major festivals with enthusiasm and unity has become a heartwarming trend in Jamshedpur. Across private plotted colonies and condominiums, residential communities organize festival melas and cultural evenings within their premises to foster a sense of togetherness and shared joy.

“These festivals provide the perfect opportunity for residents of isolated houses to come together and celebrate. Cultural evenings and sports events within condominiums also offer children a chance to connect and make new friends. Many families attend these events together,” noted a member of Pravasi Nepali Sangh, Jamshedpur.

Teej celebrations not only uphold age-old traditions but also serve as a reminder of the strong bonds and cultural heritage shared by the people of Jamshedpur. The city’s residents, irrespective of their backgrounds, come together to celebrate these moments of joy and unity, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of this thriving community.

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